PCCSF is an independent professional organisation set up to
support doctors with an interest or involvement in protecting
and safeguarding children. At present, it is funded by membership subscription, run as a not-for-profit company. PCCSF is affiliated to the Alliance of Primary Care Societies from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We welcome members from all four UK jurisdictions, representing doctors from Primary Care with an interest in
the protection and promotion of welfare of children and young people. Our membership is predominantly GPs but we welcome doctors from other specialties interested in this work.

The benefits of membership include:
· A secure email discussion group;
· A regular newsletter;
· An annual conference ( The 7th is at RCGP in 2014)

A special seminar was held in 2013 to help define the role on Named GPs for Safeguarding Children and prepare a position statement on primary care safeguarding. Membership has grown year by year from 24 in 2007 to 70 in 2014.

For details of membership contact: pccsfmembership@nhs.net

Danny Lang,
Vice Chair, PCCSF

Wednesday, 17 December 2008


We've had several enquiries about membership. The cost is reduced from now until the renewal date of 1 April 09. Email Andrew, Danny or Janice for details.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Summary of feedback from Toolkit questionnaire

Number of respondents 8

1. What is most useful?

a.Practice advice and proformas, “specific advice tailored to a primary care setting”
b.Guidance on Read Codes
c.Guidance on recording/storage, “confidence to err on the side of too much rather than too little”.
d.Single source of references and templates
e.Glossary of terms
f.Legislation in the appendix

2. What is least useful?

a.The legislation for other principalities in the main document.
b.Difficult to find from the Home page on the RCGP website.
c.Navigation and search facilities within the Toolkit.
d.Flow chart (as this varies with each LSCB)
e.One respondent found that the sections on barriers and coding were not useful when giving presentations.
f.One respondent suggested that the questionnaire would be more useful if nurse trainer friendly and suitable for printout. Two others felt that GPs would find it too "legal".

Training Modules

1.What is most useful?

a.Ideas for exercises

2.What is least useful?

a.Not available to non RCGP members
b.Several commented that they put together bits from the modules rather than using them alone.


a.Some text changes needed such as Social care instead of services.
b.Legislation for different parts of the UK could be separate.
c.Should include recommendations on frequency and implementation of GP training.
d.Could publicise a standpoint on issues such as sharing information.
e.Could develop recommendations on the GP role in safeguarding.
f.Could receive feedback from children and young people.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Minutes of the AGM 6 Dec 08

The meeting was held at the Moir Medical Centre, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1QQ
on Saturday 6 December 2008 at 1.45pm

Those present: Janice Allister (secretary); Katie Caird; Huw CharlesJones; Ian Dunn; Gill Fraser; David Jones; Danny Lang; Alison Maddocks; Dee McCormack; Charlotte Mackinnon; Jean McClune; Andrew Mowat (chairman); Dilys Noble; Sarah Thompson; Vimal Tiwari; Jo Walsh; (members). Also Anthea Mowat; Hilary Tompsett; (guests).

The meeting opened at 1.55pm.

1. Apologies:
Eileen Bamber; Judy Chen; Sue Dickson; Judith Eggleston; Claire-L Hatton; Gert M Kaiser; Kirsten Lamb; Catriona MacIver; Anna Wilson.

2. Chairman’s Report
Andrew gave a summary of the forum’s work. Members had been drawn together through the Royal College of General Practitioners’ initiatives in Child Safeguarding. The Primary Care Child Safeguarding Forum became an independent limited company on 21 December 07. It retains strong links with the College; also the Department of Health, the RCPCH, BMA, GPC and child welfare and study groups such as NSPCC, BASCPAN.

3. Election of Officers
Andrew Mowat was unanimously elected as chairman.
Hon Secretary
Andrew proposed and David Jones seconded that Janice continue as Hon Secretary. This was carried unanimously.
Hon Treasurer
Andrew proposed and Charlotte McKinnon seconded that Danny Lang should be re-elected as Hon Treasurer. This was carried unanimously.

Treasurers’ report
I. Danny circulated copies of a summary of the Accounts.
II. He nominated Potter Baker, of Launceston, as accountants. This was agreed, after the meeting was assured that the expected charges were reasonable for this size of company.
III. Direct debit mandates would cost a further £250 and more per item in administration. The meeting agreed that this could be considered when membership grew.
IV. The question of company or charity status was raised. Again when membership increases, this will be reviewed, but it was felt that the expenses and administration involved were not merited yet.
V. It was agreed that the annual subscription should remain at £80, and the subscription renewal date will be 1 April 09.
VI. The website did not have ongoing costs as it has a blog basis. The only charge was the registration with eNom.

4. President or Patron
It was very much hoped by the meeting, in view of Andrew’s recent invitation as PCCSF representative to Buckingham Palace, to engage a member of the Royal Family as patron.
It was felt that other prominent figures might have a conflict of interests. It would be essential to maintain the General Practice foundation. It was left to the executive committee to sort out.

5. Executive Committee
I. Ian Dunn was unanimously elected as Meetings’ Co-ordinator.
II. David Jones, Dee McCormack, Charlotte McKinnon and Vimal Tiwari offered to serve on the Exec in addition to the elected officers. It was also agreed that other members would be welcome to put themselves forward for this.
III. Alison Maddocks offered to help Danny do a PCCSF presentation for the 2009 BASCPAN conference.
IV. Andrew thanked all who contributed so much.

6. Date of the next meeting
This will be decided by the exec.

The meeting closed at 2.22pm.

Janice Allister, 11 Dec 08.